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Re: Want to see one of the greatest collection of theropods ever assembled? Head to Japan!

Dear Tom and List,

    My friend and sub contractor Tyler Pinegar 's company Paleoforms made
the casts of Manjunatholus and Masiakasaurus for this symposium. I was just
at his shop a few weeks ago for the kick off party for the two skeletal
casts. Words can't discribe just how cool both of final products looked.
Tyler was able to attend for free, and said he had a pretty similar
experience to yours. I would have loved to have a Japanese newspaper pay for
me to attend, but no. The hate is swelling in my breast....

One step closer to the dark side Cliff
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Thomas R. Holtz, Jr." <tholtz@geol.umd.edu>
To: "dinosaur" <dinosaur@usc.edu>
Sent: Monday, March 28, 2005 10:08 AM
Subject: Want to see one of the greatest collection of theropods ever
assembled? Head to Japan!

> Greetings,
> I am just back from Japan and the opening of a truly world-class dinosaur
exhibition. Namely, Dino Expo 2005: The Evolution of
> Dinosaurs from Their Origins to Birds. A joint project of the National
Science Museum (Tokyo) and Asahi Shinbun, with contributions
> from a half-dozen or so institutions from around the world, Dino Expo 2005
is in Tokyo until July, when it moves to Nagoya as part
> of a larger Expo.
> Among the real specimens on display are:
> Holotypes of:
> Rugops primus (just maxilla)
> Dilong paradoxus (and referred bits)
> Harpymimus okladnikovi
> Incisivosaurus gautheri
> Pedopenna daohugouensis
> Mei long
> Sinornithoides youngi
> Microraptor gui
> Jeholornis prima
> Sapeornis chaoyangensis
> Protopteryx fengningensis
> Longipteryx chaoyangensis
> Yanornis martini (and referred specimen)
> Undescribed referred specimens of Sinovenator changii, Sinosauropteryx
prima, Tarbosaurus bataar, Ingenia yanshini, Mononykus
> olecranus.
> The "pterosaur-in-the-egg" specimen.
> "Scotty" the T. rex, and restored skull.
> The T. rex coprolite.
> First ever displayed mounts of (composite) Majungatholus and
> Casts of Eoraptor, Herrerasaurus, Rugops, Baryonyx, Allosaurus,
Tyrannosaurus (including "Sue"), Alxasaurus, Archaeopteryx,
> Rahonavis.
> Some modern birds, including some of Darwin's pigeons.
> Various bits and pieces from Japanese theropods.
> In attendance for the opening ceremony, the round table
discussion/presentations, and a public lecture were (in no particular order)
> Paul Sereno, Luis Chiappe, Rinchen Barsbold, Xu Xing, Dale Russell, Peter
Dodson, Peter Makovicky, Susan Hendrickson, Anthony
> Bryant, David Krause, Mark Norell, Scott Sampson, myself, Kirk Johnson,
and numerous Japanese paleontologists and graduate students.
> (And apologies to anyone I left off: it was a big list...).
> Here's Asahi Shinbun's page (in Japanese):
> http://www.asahi.com/dino2005/index.html
> Here's the National Science Museum's page (in Japanese):
> http://www.kahaku.go.jp/dinosaur2005/index.html
> and a more limited English site:
> http://www.kahaku.go.jp/english/dinosaur2005/index.html
> Enjoy,
> Thomas R. Holtz, Jr.
> Vertebrate Paleontologist
> Department of Geology Director, Earth, Life & Time Program
> University of Maryland College Park Scholars
> Mailing Address:
> Building 237, Room 1117
> College Park, MD  20742
> http://www.geol.umd.edu/~tholtz/
> http://www.geol.umd.edu/~jmerck/eltsite
> Phone: 301-405-4084 Email: tholtz@geol.umd.edu
> Fax (Geol):  301-314-9661 Fax (CPS-ELT): 301-405-0796